Acme Treks and Expedition

Mustang is a very popular trekking region in Nepal since the Home Ministry of Nepal announced the opening of restricted areas in October 1991. However, there is strict control over obtaining special permits from the department of Immigration, in order to protect local traditions from outside influence as well as to protect their environment. The region of the Kaligandaki, from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni, is generally referred to as "Upper Mustang". The trek to Lo Manthang passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape. A steep rocky trail up and down hill with panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks make a truly memorable trek..


Day 01:Meet upon arrival at Kathmandu airport by Acme Treks & Expedition, Kathmandu representative and transfer to hotel. After getting refreshed, and having lunch, proceed for walking tour to Kathmandu Durbar square visiting, ancient palace, living goddess temple Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka and Kastamandap temple. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02:Proceed on sight seeing tour to Swoyambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey Temple, Patan city known as the City of Fine Arts, Pashupatinath temple the hosliest shrine of the Hindu people and Boudhnath stupa. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03:Kathmandu to Pokhara:
Drive to Pokhara by bus. Pokhara lakeside village sits "front row centre" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The splendour of its snowy mountains is yours here at Pokhara.
Day 04:Pokhara to Tikhedhunga: (1491m):
Drive to Nayapul via the large village of Lumle and walk to Birethanti. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. From Sudami climb steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hille at 1495m, close to Tikhedhunga. Along the way various hamlets offer numerous camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is best to push on to Tikhedhunga.
Day 05:Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani: (2855m):
The trail crosses a stream via a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tikhedhunga. It then ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2070m. Above the village the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The trail crosses two sparklingly clear streams before making a short final climb to Nangethati. After an hour trek from Nangethanti you will reach the Ghorepani pass.
Day 06:Ghorepani to Tatopani:
Climb Poon Hill (3195m) from where you can observe many white mountain peaks. Ghorepani means 'horse water' in Nepali and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. From Ghorepani the downhill trail follows the Jomsom route. Crossing a rhododendron forest we pass some small villages and walk alongside the Ghaja khola. In Tatopani (meaning hot spring) there are natural hot water springs.
Day 07:Tatopani to Ghasa:
Walk the Kaligandaki riverside and gradually ascend observing the transition to non-sub-tropical vegetation. Here a very interesting suspension bridge has to be crossed making the trek very exciting. Arrive at Ghasa, an ethnic Thakali Village.
Day 08:Ghasa to Marpha: (2670m):
The trail follows the Kaligandaki River through a narrow gorge passing Thakali traditional villages along the way. Marpha is the main habitation of the Thakali ethnic group.
Day 09:Marpha to Kagbeni: (2800m):
Easy walking along the riverside to Jomosom, the district capital of Mustang, which is the most interesting town in the area. The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus peak will make you buy some extra rolls of film. Arrive at Kagbeni, the entry point of the upper Mustang.
Day 10:Kagbeni to Chele: (3060m):
There is a trail along the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over numerous ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst whitewashed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. Nilgiri peak, which dominates the southern skyline at Kagbeni, looms massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village and cross the river there. Continuing north, climbing up the trail, we reach a huge red mass of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m. The culture changes from the Managi culture to that of the Tibetan of Lo from this point.
Day 11:Chele to Geling: (3510m):
The climb continues through steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. This is followed by a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge before descending further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samara to a ridge, and then descend into a large gorge and to another valley field. Cross a stream and climb up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs over yet another pass, follows a ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there gently climb to a pass at 3770m and descend to Geling.
Day 12:Geling to Charang: (3620m):
From Geiling the trail climbs gently up to the interesting pass on NYI LA and descends below blue, grey and red cliffs across the valley to a steel bridge across the Tangmar Chu River. We then climb past what is perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch of main walls in Nepal. Climb over another pass at 3600m then make a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa makes an interesting visit in which to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as numerous paintings of seated Buddha's.
Day 13:Charang to LO Manthang: (3890m):
The trail descends for about 100m from Charang, crosses the Charang-Chu and climbs steeply via a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m, there is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent cross a stream before climbing up to the plateau of LO Manthang.
Day 14-16:LO Manthang:
There are four major attractions, and several other places to visit, here. The Tall Champa Lakhang 'good house', the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the entrance hall are the main attractions of this town. Another attraction is the four-story building of the King Palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalayas. Besides LO Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting: The western Tingkhar, the site of the King's summer Palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Nangyals 'The Monastery of Victory', which is the newest and most active Gompa in LO. The eastern valley contains Chosar, the site of a high school, Garphu and Nyphu Gompa.This is the main trading route to Lhasa.
Day 17:LO Manthang to Ghami via Gekar:
The trail climbs steadily to a pass marked by a cairn offering a last glimpse of LO Manthang. The trail contours past two small ridges and valleys before crossing a ridge at 4070m and descending southwards through two more valleys, meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent to Gekar. LO Gekar Gompa is older than Samye Gompa in Tibet and is one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal. We cross a ridge after a little climbing and drop down steeply to Thamar village. The trail descends alongside the stone walls and fields of extensive villages before climbing to a ridge. It is a short descent from there to Ghami (3490m).
Day 18:Ghami to Samar: (3160 m):
From Ghami climb to NYI LA and descend to Samar via the outward route.
Day 19:Samar to Kagbeni: (2800):
Return trek to Kagbeni.
Day 20:Kagbeni to Jomsom: (2750m):
Day 21:Jomsom to Pokhara:
Fly back to Pokhara.
Day 22:AM: Drive to Bhaktapur also known as the City of Devotees for sight seeing tour. Lunch in Bhaktapur and later drive back to Kathmandu.PM: Free for last moment's shopping. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 23:Free till departure and later transfer to the International Airport to connect the flight to onward destination

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